Meet our Counselors

Amanda Ferrara
Accepting:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Amanda Ferrara, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care:

Amanda Ferrara holds a master’s degree in social work and has experience working with individuals, groups, and families in school, community, and outpatient settings. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and her Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Amanda utilizes person-centered and strengths-based approaches to treatment and works in partnership with clients to develop treatment plans and goals that most effectively meet their needs. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness approaches, and expressive therapies to meet her clients’ unique needs. 

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University
Masters of Social Work

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Adolescent issues
  • Emotion Management 
  • Family issues 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Oppositional and Conduct Disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Social-Emotional Learning
Diane Justusson
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Compsych
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Diane Justusson, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Diane Justusson is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience as a Women’s Health Provider and Midwife prior to transitioning to work as a full-time Mental Health Provider 2 years ago.  She is dedicated to Mental Health care as the fundamental basis for enhancing wellness for everyone. Diane enjoys partnering with adults and older adolescents to collaborate on individualized medication management plans. She works with people seeking help with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, women’s issues. She completed her Master of Science at Oregon Health and Science University and her Post-Master’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate with Frontier Nursing University.  

Diane will help to support you with medication management in a respectful shared decision-making process. Diane is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and with alternative to medications and/or adjunctive treatments. She will fully explore all your concerns and questions with you. 

Diane’s goal is to help you to find prolonged wellness to meet your unique life circumstances and goals. If you are ready to get started, she invites you to reach out to ThriveWorks to begin.

Education

Oregon Health and Science University
Master of Science

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management/ Life transitions
  • Women’s issues
  • Anger management
  • Mood Disorders
Elizabeth Elizabeth Onyejekwe
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Elizabeth Onyejekwe, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Onyejekwe is a Board Certified psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia with prescriptive authority. She is trained in psychiatry across the lifespan, and has 7 years of experience in working with adults aged 18 years and above, with behavioral and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She received her Bachelor in Nursing Science at Grand Canyon University and Masters in Nursing/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Walden University. Elizabeth provides medication management and counseling to mental health clients. With more than two decades of experience in patient care, Elizabeth applies evidence-based practice in psychiatric medication management to ensure that each of her clients receive excellent treatment for the best possible outcome. She treats her clients with compassion, dignity, and respect, and enjoys helping them to become the best version of themselves. Elizabeth cares about your overall well-being. She seeks to build rapport and collaborate with you in managing your medications, so that you are empowered to live the life you desire, to the fullest. She has a flexible schedule to accommodate each individual, unique needs. She is a member of ANA, APNA and Sigma Theta Tau Society.

Education

Walden University
MSN, PMHNP

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stress Management
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
Elizabeth Eunjin Pak
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Elizabeth Pak, PMHNP

**Elizabeth offers services in English, Spanish, and Korean

Philosophy of Care

Elizabeth Pak is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) in the state of Virginia. She has experience working with adults seeking treatment for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, psychosis, among other mental health conditions. Elizabeth is well versed in conducting psychiatric evaluations, prescribing medications and managing follow up care. She has worked in a community mental health clinic serving the Latino population in Philadelphia.

Prior to becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Elizabeth has worked as a Registered Nurse for 4 years on a transplant and bariatric surgery unit at Penn Medicine. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a minor in Spanish. Elizabeth has an ethnic background of being Korean but also has a heart for the Latino and Brazilian cultures. She is able to provide care in respective languages as needed.

Elizabeth believes in the importance of holistic care that is individually tailored. She believes that the optimal care and treatment comes from collaboration among the individual, family members, prescriber, therapist and others. She values working together with the individual as a team to identify the correct diagnosis and treatment plan. It is Elizabeth’s goal to enable individuals to reach their true potential and live a purposeful life. She considers various factors in an individual’s mental health including emotional, physical and spiritual components. As a Christian, Elizabeth understands the value and impact of spirituality in one’s overall well being.

Education

University of Pennsylvania

Specialties

  • Psychiatric evaluation & Medication management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
Ibrahim Iftoni
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Piedmont Community Health Plan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Ibrahim Iftoni, PMHNP

Philosophy of care

People have great ability to grow and develop that is affected but not destroyed by mental disorders. Psychiatrist mental health nurse practitioners nurtures the capacity for resilience and growth as well as diagnose and treat illness. The key element of mental health care includes a bio-psychosocial perspective, recognition of the importance of healing relationships and emphasis on symptom management and self care. The PMHNP effectively advocate for patients to obtain the service they need are available in the current treatment system, to utilize other community resources such as self-help organizations and to advocate for the development of more effective services.

Education

Walden University
Masters Degree

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders

 

Jill Jones
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Jill Jones, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jill Jones is a dual certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Virginia. Jill has over 20 years of nursing experience in caring for patients throughout the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Old Dominion University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia and received her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from The Catholic University of America. She later completed her Post-Master's Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Liberty University. 

Jill focuses on patient-centered care offering comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management to her patients ages 18-65 with mental health conditions and disorders. 

Jill is a conservative provider and passionate about collaborating with other healthcare providers to ensure there is a holistic approach to the care of her patients. She seeks to develop a strong rapport with her patients and families providing a safe and compassionate approach to clarity, wellness and overall health and well-being. 

Education

Catholic University of America
Master of Science in Nursing- Family Nurse Practitioner

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medication Management
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • School Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
Megan Mayton
Accepting:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $100-$130

Megan Mayton, Supervisee in Social Work

Philosophy of Care

Megan enjoys working with youth and adults, as she is passionate about helping people with a variety of mental health challenges. She views therapy from a holistic perspective and aims to help each person with their own unique needs. Megan utilizes cognitive-behavioral and person-centered approaches to help clients work through their struggles, develop effective coping and communications skills, gain a new perspective, and promote change. She also incorporates mindfulness-based activities to help clients achieve a healthy mind-body connection. Her favorite motto is, “We can grow through what we go through.”

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Neuroscience from Longwood University. She also completed a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Megan is currently working toward obtaining licensure in the state of Virginia.

As she is very passionate about animals, Megan spends much of her free time with her two dogs. When she’s not with her pets, she loves unwinding in the mountains or at the beach.

Education

Master of Clinical Social Work
Virginia Commonwealth University

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anger problems
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
Jason Pryor
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $100-$130

Jason Pryor, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Jason Pryor holds a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University. He has worked in the community for the past five years assisting clients in both mental health skill-building and crisis stabilization programs. He is also a certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC). 

Jason is dedicated to helping his clients identify their potential, and opportunities for positive change. He helps clients attain their counseling goals through cognitive behavioral therapy principles, with a person-centered approach. 

Education

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Liberty University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Family issues
  • Substance use
  • Personal growth
  • Mindfulness
Matt Shenker
Accepting:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $100-$130

Matt Shenker, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Matt holds an M.Ed in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked in the community for over three years as an elementary school counselor.

Matt is a mindfulness-based & values-driven counselor. He has training in Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Grief & Grieving, and Restorative Justice. He works with children, adolescents, and adults specializing in anxiety, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), trauma, depression, and behavioral concerns. Matt uses an integrative client-centered approach which includes Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Hip Hop & Spoken Word Therapy (HHSWT), & Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

Education

Masters of Education in Counseling
Virginia Commonwealth University

Specialties

  • Mindfulness
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Oppositional and Conduct disorders
  • Trauma recovery
  • Stress Management
  • Parental Stress
  • Family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Personal growth & values-clarification
Stephanie Valeri
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optima
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Stephanie Valeri, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie has spent over 12 years as a nurse emphasizing the importance of therapeutic communication, empathy, and patient education. She understands that she is not just treating symptoms, but a person with a past, present, and future. She feels in helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options; they can make the best treatment decisions for themselves. She believes in developing a strong therapeutic relationship where there is open communication and time for questions so the patient feels comfortable when they leave the appointment with their plan of care, and understands the next steps if this plan is not effective. 

Stephanie believes a therapeutic relationship is the foundation of a strong treatment plan. In this line of thinking she takes the time to listen and understand the patient's history so that she can understand not just where they are now, but how they got here. She then works to help her patients meet their own goals for their future through medication management and therapeutic techniques.

Stephanie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). She received her bachelor's in Psychology from Virginia Tech and then her Associate's Degree in Nursing. She has returned to her love of behavioral health and received a Master's of Nursing from Gonzaga University. Stephanie has spent her time as a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner focusing on treatment of multiple disorders including (but not limited to): 

Education

Gonzaga University
Master's of Nursing

Specialties

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Insomnia and other sleep disturbances
  • Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Bipolar I and II
  • Social Anxiety
  • Smoking Cessation
Johnathan Crawford
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan
  • Optima
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $100-$130

Johnathan Crawford, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Johnathan Crawford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over six years of experience providing counseling services to adults and children with a wide array of behavioral health disorders. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and a Master’s of Science in College and Community Counseling, both from Longwood University. Johnathan has worked in community behavioral health since 2009 – first as a case manager, then a therapist, and most recently, providing clinical supervision to counselors working toward licensure.

Johnathan uses a person-centered, recovery oriented approach to help individuals achieve their self-identified goals. He is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and is a certified Trauma-focused CBT provider for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

In his free time, Johnathan enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with his partner and their three dogs.

Education

Masters of Science in College and Community Counseling
Longwood University

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use disorders
  • Trauma recovery
  • Recovery from persistent mental illness
  • Oppositional and Conduct disorders
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Chronic suicidality
  • Self-harm behaviors
Jeysell Vidal-Lamb
Accepting:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $100-130

Jeysell Vidal-Lamb, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Jeysell Vidal-Lamb enjoys helping individuals find strength and peace by gaining self-awareness amidst the chaos of life. This will not be easy, but when working together in a judgement-free zone, anything can be accomplished.

She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She uses Person-centered techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play Therapy to help individuals achieve their goals while also identifying the best coping skills for them. Coming from a military family, she understands the importance of family and healthy relationships.

Jeysell is a Resident in Professional Counseling. She holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is bilingual - fluent in Spanish.

Education

Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Liberty University

Specialties

  • Self awareness
  • Personal growth
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • And much more

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